Highway Code update now confirms new motorway rules in the UK – What you need to know

THERE has been an update to the Highway Code which reflects the recent changes to smart motorway laws which address how you could be fined by ignoring a lane closure.

New changes to the Highway Code reflect recent changes to motorways rules in the UK. The updates take smart motorway rules and signs into account including what red X lane closures represent as well as general sets of rules drivers must adhere to. On June 10th there was a change to smart motorway driving laws which meant that drivers who were caught ignoring a road closure on a mart motorway would be fined. Offending motorists could be fined £100 and land three penalty points on their driving licence if they are caught.

Red Xs are displayed on the overhead motorway gantry to signify a lane closure. On a smart motorway, the gantries display the speed limit in place on the road at that current time.

If there is no congestion or any accidents then the national speed limit of 70mph will apply.

However, the variable limit could see 30/40/50/60mph speed limits introduced and lanes closed off.

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